January 2024 President’s Message

President’s Message January 2024

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and got to spend some quality time with your friends and family. As we start 2024, I would like to express my gratitude to the officers who served last year. Art Tachell and his officers did a fantastic job.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the new officers for stepping up and volunteering to lead the club this year. The new officers include Vice President Donald Auman, Treasurer Ron Hunt, and Secretary Larry Bucklin.

Just a friendly reminder that your dues will expire on January 31st, and they are $40 per year. Please make sure to renew your membership on time.

Our speaker for January will be Todd Girtz, who is always fascinating. You won’t want to miss it!

Please note that we will no longer include the President’s message in the Reel News. Instead, you can find updates on our website and Facebook page.

Our board meetings are held at Ben Dew’s Clubhouse on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. The address is 6501 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Our general meetings are held at Tower Lanes on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. The address is 6323 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA. Please note that our February Meeting will be the 2nd Tuesday this month only and will be held on February 13th at Tower Lanes at 7 pm.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and check our website for upcoming events. Lastly, please keep in mind that this club is run entirely by volunteers, and it takes everyone’s contribution to keep it running smoothly.


Chris Tremblay

Gig Harbor PSA President 2024

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December Presidents Message

December Presidents Message for Gig Harbor – Tacoma PSA

President: Art Tachell

Our guest speakers were Bill Batson, Keller Batson of Batson Enterprises makers of custom fishing rod components and Chris Wegelben with Prolite who assisted.

The speakers gave a great presentation on Rod building, design, components and engineering.

Their custom rods and components are sold worldwide.

 Bill also donated a rod that was raffled off at the club meeting and the lucky winner was Tom Sullivan. Congrats Tom.

Batson enterprises are great supporters of PSA. Thank you Bill!

Once again, our cash award for our membership drawing went unclaimed so the value will be $480.00 at our next drawing. Thank you to John Hagar of Southworth Marine for sponsoring the membership drawing.

This years club nutrient enhancement project in partnership with the Auburn chapter delivered 1500 Chinook and Coho Carcasses from the Voight’s creek hatchery to the upper watershed of the Puyallup River providing valuable nutrients to the many aquatic species there.

December 1st will be our annual club holiday party, a way to thank all the volunteers that contributed so much to the club and the resources we enjoy every day. There will be a traditional holiday dinner, entertainment by the Stadium High choir singing carols, Mr. and Mrs. Claus  to hand out gifts to children and pictures of course.

Our Guest speaker for our January club meeting will be the one and only Todd Girtz which is always a great time and very informative.

Our newly elected board members.

President: Chris Trembley

Vice President: Don Auman

Treasurer: Ron Hunt

Secretary: Larry Bucklin

Will take over January 1st.

Thank you  all very much.  

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November Presidents Message

November Presidents Message for Gig Harbor – Tacoma PSA

President: Art Tachell

At our Oct. 11th chapter meeting Josh Hughes and Nate Alvord representatives for Scotty Downriggers gave a presentation on the difference in Scotty Downrigger models, their features, how to care for and operate. They also discussed some of the components that may need replacing depending on how much use the downrigger gets used and advised keeping some basic repair components on hand just in case one goes bad which could ruin a fishing trip. There are also many professional repair centers throughout Puget Sound and the Straits, our local repair center is SPORTCO in Fife WA.

Scotty Downriggers are a major supporter of sportfishing in Washington and beyond, thank you Scotty.

Our speaker for our November 8th chapter meeting will be Bill Batson of Batson Enterprises the makers of Quality fishing rods and components for building fishing rods, this would be a great opportunity to learn all about how fishing rods and their components are made.

Batson Enterprises are also great supporters of the Sport fishing community, thank you Bill.

The chapter member monthly drawing sponsored by John Hagar of Southworth Marine was for $260.00 and was not claimed because the member drawn was not present so next month it will be $370.00.

The chapter meeting was well attended with several new members that signed up and several visitors that came to check out our chapter.

Our Puyallup River watershed nutrient enhancement project in which we partner with the Auburn Chapter this year will be taking four totes of Coho salmon carcasses from Voights Creek Hatchery for dispersing on 10/18/2023 and 10/25/2023 which will conclude this project for 2023, when we are done, we will have dispersed 1,700+ Chinook and Coho carcasses.

Our annual chapter XMAS party will be on December 1, it is always a fun event for the entire family for more information call Frank Baker 623-221-7317 or Art Tachell 253-691-0811.

Our general chapter meeting is being held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7PM at Tower Lanes which has a restaurant at their establishment. The location of Tower Lanes is 6323 6th Ave. Tacoma Wash.

Our board meeting is on the first Tuesday of every month at 6PM at the Club House Grill located at 6501 6th Ave. Tacoma Wash.


Art Tachell

253-691-0811 plugkut@aol.com

Vice President:

Pat Leahy


Secretary: Scott Douglas

Treasurer: Ron Hunt

Membership: Derrick Wallace.

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President’s Message October 2023

Presidents message from Gig Harbor PSA for October 2023

President:  Art Tachell

Our guest speaker for our September 13th general club meeting was Duane Inglin of Fish Hunt Northwest and he gave a fantastic presentation in detail on fishing for Coho in Grays Harbor.

This fishery opens September 15th and provides a great shallow water opportunity to catch some quality Coho.

Our speaker for our October 11th general meeting will be a representative from Scotty Downriggers and Products. He or she will discuss maintenance, repairs, new products and how to get the best performance from their products.

The club member that was drawn during our membership cash drawing was not present so next month’s drawing will be $260.00. We would like to once again thank John Hagar of Southworth and Lighthouse Marine for sponsoring the drawing.

Our club activity for September was a club Coho derby which was one by Pete Pittman with a 7.87lb. Coho congratulations Pete. It was a gorgeous day on the water, and I do believe all entrants had their limits of Coho.

Our next project partnering with the Auburn chapter will be nutrient enhancement in the upper watershed of the Puyallup River by placing spawned carcasses of chinook and coho salmon from Voights Creek Hatchery into the feeder streams. This is a great opportunity to see wildlife like deer, elk, bear and great views. This project will be every Wednesday for the next six weeks if you would like to get involved call Art Tachell 253-691-0811 for more info.

The club delivered 440 lbs. of surplus fish food to the Puyallup Historical Hatchery.

Founding member Mark Connot”s estate donated fishing gear to be sold at our annual swap meet to benefit the club.

Member Dave Morgan passed recently and will be greatly missed.

Our general club meeting is the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM and is located at Tower Lanes 6323 6th Ave. Tacoma, Wash.

All are welcome to attend our club meetings so if you are interested, please come out.

 President: Art Tachell


plugkut@aol.com Vice President: Pat Leahy

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Presidents Message September 2023

September Presidents Message for Gig Harbor PSA

President: Art Tachell

Our club meeting on August 9th was mostly centered around our 27th annual salmon derby which was held on August 12th despite the early closure of MA11 which is our usual marine area to fish, which created a lively discussion as you would imagine we were able to fish MA13. Club president Art Tachell gave a brief discussion on areas to fish, gear, etc. for marine area 13.

Although the salmon fishing was a little slow and there were some pretty good tidal swings, we did have 43 salmon entered in the derby. The weather was great and 200+participants had a great time on the water. Every participant went home with a prize thanks to 40 donors that were very generous.

A special thank you to the Buchannan family of SMI/BEAUMAC, King Salmon Marine, Cressy door, SPORTCO and so many others.

The PSA Gig Harber club members did a great job putting the whole thing together. Many thanks to former president Frank Baker we could have not pulled this off without you. Thank you.

Adult derby winners.

1st place Jim Lyle 19.02lbs. $3000.00 winner.

2nd place Darren Rose 17.85lbs. $1,500.00

3rd place Casey Kuper 17.35lbs 3.5 hrs. new outboard motor.

Youth winners.

1st place Ellis Kuper 12.05lbs

2nd place Nathan Wolff 10.73lbs

3rd place Marcus Randel 10.31lbs

The winner of our membership drawing was Bill Macaras for $260.00 sponsored by Southworth Marines John Hagar of Port Orchard. Thank you, John. Next month’s drawing will be $150.00.

At our next general club meeting the one and only Duane Inglin of Fish Hunt Northwest will be our guest speaker Duane will give us some tips on fishing Willapa Harbor.

We will be having a club only Coho salmon derby on September 9th from daylight till 11 AM then meet at the North End on Pearl for the presentation of cash to the winner and then lunch and fishing stories of course.

Also, somewhere between Sept. 15th and the end of September we will start our nutrient enhancement project in the upper watershed of the Puyallup River, if you would like to help just call or email Art Tachell.

Our club board meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at Club House Grill 6501 6th Ave Tacoma Wash.

Our general club meeting is the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Tower Lanes 6323 6th Ave Tacoma Wash.

If you are interested, please come to our general club meeting and check our chapter out.

President: Art Tachell



Vice President: Pat Leahy



Treasurer Ron Hunt

Secretary Scott Douglas

Membership Derrick Wallace Raffle Jeff Stockman

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